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USF's McGillis mentioned for Houston job



USF executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis, who has worked as Doug Woolard's No. 2 for the past two years, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the athletic director's job at Houston.

Friday's Houston Chronicle identifies McGillis as one of four "potential candidates" to replace Dave Maggard, who has stepped down as Houston athletic director. McGillis spent 13 years at Houston from 1984-97, rising to senior associate athletic director, and has ties to Houston president Dr. Renu Khator and vice chancellor Carl Carlucci, who both worked at USF until last year.

McGillis was athletic director at Evansville before coming to USF in 2007, and he has worked closely with Woolard in guiding the athletic department. Houston, like USF, is a large university in a major metropolitan area competing with multiple pro franchises -- his experience marketing USF would be relevant to Houston competing with the Astros, Rockets and Texans.

The Houston job would represent a significant increase in pay from his position at USF -- Maggard's base salary was more than $400,000 a year. McGillis did not immediately return a message seeking comment Friday morning.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:19pm]


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